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COVID-19: Lockdown Alone Will Not Eradicate Coronavirus, Need More Testing And Isolating, Say Experts

According to experts, while a lockdown is essential to contain the spread of virus in the community, but on its own, it will not eradicate coronavirus and need

COVID-19: Lockdown Alone Will Not Eradicate Coronavirus, Need More Testing And Isolating, Say Experts

New Delhi: Stunned by the rapid mounting of coronavirus around the world, several countries have imposed a lockdown, replicating China where the virus was first reported in December last year. According to World Health Organisation (WHO) lockdown is an important measure that can help in buying time and reduce pressure on medical facilities in a country. However, experts are of view that while encouraging people to stay indoors will help reduce the pressure on a country’s health infrastructure, it alone will not be able to tackle the coronavirus crisis and a specific and targeted approach to curb the virus is absolutely imperative.

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WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus took to Twitter and said,

To slow the spread of #COVID19, many countries introduced “lockdown” measures. But on their own, these measures will not extinguish epidemics. We call on all countries to use this time to attack the #coronavirus. You’ve created a 2nd window of opportunity.

India has also imposed a 21-days lockdown to encourage social distancing as part of the strategy to overcome the coronavirus crisis. The state governments and the union territory administrations have been further advised to impose curfew wherever necessary if people continue to go out of their homes. While announcing the lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said,

To save India, to save every citizen, you, your family… every street, every neighbourhood is being put under lockdown. Forget about leaving home in the next 21 days… If you do not follow this, you will invite the virus home.

However, Dr. Surya Kant, Professor and Head of Department of Respiratory Medicine, King George’s Medical University (KGMU) Lucknow believes that physical distancing measures are very useful but along with this there is an urgent need to ramp up testing, identifying people who have the virus and contact tracing. He said,

If a person got infected a day before the lockdown, that patient may develop symptoms even after two weeks and in the meanwhile infect all the members of the family. Thus we need to test suspected cases and isolate them and also test their contacts. We have to lead by the examples of South Korea and Japan, where they have managed to flatten the curve with wider testing and lockdown with self-discipline. People who have a travel history and those who don’t, both need to be tested.

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According to the revised strategy of testing for COVID-19 infection, issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare last week, all asymptomatic individuals who have undertaken international travel in the last 14 days, should stay in home quarantine for at least 14 days. They should be tested only if they become symptomatic (fever, cough, difficulty in breathing). Besides, all family members living with a confirmed case should be home quarantined.

There have been questions raised on the quantum of testing being undertaken in the country because of the lack of adequate health infrastructure and high density of population. In order to fill this gap, private hospitals are now joining the government in the fight against coronavirus. According to Dr. Hari Prasad, President, Hospitals Division Apollo Hospitals,

All hospitals of Apollo Hospitals Group provide screening facilities and under its new a new initiative called ‘Project Kavach (shield), a comprehensive and integrated response plan to fight the COVID-19 disease. Testing of people needs to be continued in an aggressive manner even during the lockdown.

Dr. Meenakshi Jain, Associate Director, Internal Medicine, Max Healthcare, Patparganj and Noida asserted that more effective isolation of infected people along with enhancement of the availability of protective gears for the healthcare staff is the need of the hour.

Social Impact Of The Lockdown Need To Be Addressed Immediately To Avoid Community Transmission

According to Mukesh Goswami, social activist and member of a non-governmental organisation, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Rajasthan, a sudden lockdown has caused panic and chaos among the people from economically and socially marginalised sections. He said,

People engaged in informal sector, migrant labour and those earning livelihood by doing petty jobs are all out of work. This is a serious concern. A lot of them are going back to their villages in groups and since there is no public transport facility functional currently, they are all going back on foot. They are exposed to all kinds of virus and problems.

COVID-19: Lockdown Alone Will Not Eradicate Coronavirus, Need More Testing And Isolating, Say Experts

Volunteers of an NGO distributing food to people in slums of Jaipur

He further said that people living in slum areas in cities are also living together are not able to practise social distancing because of lack of space and resources. While highlighting the hardships of the poorer sections of the society, he said,

These people do not have food to eat nor do they have money to buy food. Some NGOs are providing food and the needy people come to have this food along with their families and neighbours. Social distancing is secondary for them as filing the stomach of their children and their own is more urgent to them.

A total of 724 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India, as on March 27 (9:15 AM), out of which 67 have recovered and 17 have died, as per the data provided by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

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World

23,96,06,768Cases
20,13,42,617Active
3,33,82,100Recovered
48,82,051Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,96,06,768 and 48,82,051 have died; 20,13,42,617 are active cases and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

3,40,37,592 16,862Cases
2,03,6782,908Active
3,33,82,100 19,391Recovered
4,51,814 379Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,37,592 confirmed cases including 4,51,814 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,03,678 and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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